“The healthiest communities are those that are built around active libraries, museums, and other cultural centers, that have a strong sense of their own history and identity, that have good quality schools, along with mechanisms for involving their residents in the process of solving problems and planning for the future. Supporting these kinds of communities is what the state humanities councils are all about.” - Esther Mackintosh, FSHC President, at a White House briefing
Typically the winter meeting of the Federation board takes place in Washington, DC on the third weekend in January. The board reviews the annual plan and budget, prepares for Humanities on the Hill, and welcomes new board members, who participate in an orientation session the morning before the board meeting begins.
July Board Meeting
This meeting occurs in mid-July in a centrally-located city. The agenda includes advocacy, the upcoming conference, governance/membership issues of concern, and approval of the implementation plan for the coming year.
November Board Meeting
Held in conjunction with the annual National Humanities Conference, this board meeting focuses on review of the annual Federation evaluation survey results and final preparation for the annual business meeting, which takes place at the end of the conference.
This committee is made up entirely of Federation board members and is responsible for the governance of the Federation Board.
Chaired by the Federation Treasurer, this committee oversees the Federation budget, future projections, and membership dues.
Chaired by a Federation board member, this committee works closely with the Federation legislative counsel to determine the Federation advocacy position and inform the membership of important legislative activities, calls to action, and updates.
Chaired by a Federation board member, this committee is responsible for seeking underwriting for conference events and national partnership opportunities that would offer funding for the councils. In 2015, the committee added a charge to explore diversifying funding for the Federation.
Comprised of individuals with financial expertise, the Audit Committee works closely with the Federation’s auditors, reviews the final audit, and gives a report at the July board meeting.
Conference Planning Committees
The Federation conference committee includes members from the Federation board, the conference host council, and other councils. The committee is responsible for developing and issuing a call for session proposals, selecting speakers, and planning special events.
NEH Parntership Committee
Created by the Federation board in 2014, this committee is responsible for maintaining and growing our partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
With a membership drawn from council staff and board members, this committee identifies Federation board needs, solicits nominations from the membership, and presents a slate of candidates to the members for approval at the annual business meeting.
The Data Task Force
While this council-initiated task force is not an official Federation committee, Federation staff occupies a leadership position on it. The purpose of this task force is to explore ways of collecting data to help quantify council programming impact.
Humanities Communications Network
The Network is a partnership between NEH and the Federation to support council and NEH communication efforts across the nation. A division of this group – the Humanities Communications Network Working Group – liaises between the NEH, FSHC, and all council communications staff.